Armed Police clinch women’s t20 championshipElecting to bat first, Sudurpaschim posted a moderate score of 106-7 with only top four batters making notable contributions.
Armed Police Force (APF) Club claimed the Lalitpur Mayor's Women's Championship twenty20 cricket defeating Sudurpaschim Province by eight wickets in the final at the TU cricket grounds in Kirtipur on Saturday.
The departmental giants, who had defeated the same opponents in the group stage by 37 runs, continued with their dominations both in bat and ball to lift the trophy maintaining a cent percent winning streak.
Electing to bat first, Sudurpaschim posted a moderate score of 106-7 with only top four batters making notable contributions. In the run chase, openers Jyoti Pandey and captain Sita Rana Magar shared a 69-run stand for the first wicket as APF made 109-2 in 16.2 overs.
Bindu Rawal contributed the highest 44 runs for Sudurpaschim remaining unbeaten. Coming to bat at number three, Rawal cracked four boundaries in her 54-ball knock. Openers Rewati Dhami and Dolly Bhatta scored 10 and 14 runs while Kabita Kunwar was the other batter to score in double digits contributing 13 runs.
APF bowlers Rekha Rawal, Karuna Bhandari, Sushma Shrestha, Sita Rana Magar and Binu Budha grabbed one wicket each.
In the run chase, departmental team openers Pandey smashed 36 runs and Rana Magar scored 27 runs to create the base for victory. The player-of-the-match Pandey hit five boundaries facing 38 deliveries while Rana Magar clobbered four fences in her 32-ball knock.
Indu Barma and Mamta Chaudhary played an unbeaten knock of 19 runs and 15 runs respectively. Barma hit two boundaries in her 21-ball innings while Chaudhary hit two boundaries facing nine deliveries.
Winners APF bagged a purse of Rs300,000 and the runners-up Sudurpaschim walked away with Rs150,000.
Rana Magar was declared the player of the series and was rewarded with Rs25,000. The APF captain had scored 123 runs and claimed five wickets to lead the team all the way to the title.
Province 1 and national captain Rubina Chhetry won best batter award while Binu Budha took best bowler award. They collected a prize of Rs15,000 each. Chhetry had scored 161 runs in four innings despite her team failing to cross the group stage hurdle. Budha had grabbed 10 wickets in five matches.
The tournament featuring five teams was played in the round robin format and the top two finishers at the end of the league had competed in the final.